Back in 2002, Albany leaders told voters that Sunday alcohol sales would help boost the economy. This was only for restaurants with at least 50 percent of their business coming from food, or hotels with 50 percent of their business in lodging. The majority of voters said yes to the Sunday sales, and it has been a tremendous boost to local economic development.
This year, Georgia lawmakers passed a Sunday alcohol sales bill allowing Sunday sales in other stores, but only if it’s approved locally. Now It’s up our community to vote on this in this coming November’s election. Why are our elected officials, not helping to educate the public on this very important issue? We have only heard one public comment from one liquor store who, of course, wants to maintain their advantage, and not allow Sunday sales in grocery and convenience stores.
Many people drive into Albany, or through Albany, so the taxes from Sunday alcohol sales would have the same positive effect we receive from the SPLOST sales tax.
Stores tell us they get numerous out-of-town visitors who are shocked they can’t buy alcohol on Sunday.
We say to our City and County leaders, show some leadership, and let voters know the facts on this. We need to continue to improve our local economic development by voting yes to Sunday sales this November.